A guide to cosmetic surgery abroad

NOTE: This guide can be downloaded as a PDF document to read at your leisure.

More and more people are considering cosmetic surgery abroad.  Some are attracted by the competitive prices offered in overseas destinations; others wish to combine their treatment with a relaxing period of recovery in a sunny climate.

But for the patient considering cosmetic surgery abroad, there are many concerns. What are the conditions like in clinics overseas? Is the surgeon suitably qualified? Where can I get the best deal? What questions should I ask about the treatment? What happens if I am unhappy with the outcome of the surgery?

This guide attempts to answer these questions and guides the patient through the process of exploring the options for cosmetic surgery abroad. It has been developed through the experience that we have gained through operating the Treatment Abroad web site and our knowledge of the medical tourism industry in general.

In this section...

Why choose to go abroad?

The popularity of medical tourism is continuing to rise with more people in countries with expensive private healthcare realising the potential to ...

Treatments available

It is possible to have a vast range of cosmetic surgery treatments abroad, but choosing whether to travel for them needs careful thought. ...

Top destinations

When it comes to choosing your destination for cosmetic surgery overseas, the world literally is your oyster. ...

How do I compare countries?

You have decided to opt for cosmetic surgery abroad, you have seen your own doctor to make sure your overall health is good and you know what proce ...

Comparing the costs

With the cost of cosmetic surgery abroad being up to 70% lower when you compare countries such as the USA and the UK with destinations such as East ...

Typical costs

The prices in this guide provide an average price of each procedure in each country, based on published prices from an example supplier, and are co ...

Regulation and qualifications

Cosmetic surgery is well regulated in some countries, the rules and regulations are less stringent in others. ...


Insurance for medical travellers is a developing area within medical tourism. New medical travel insurance products have begun to appear. ...

What if something goes wrong?

Cosmetic surgery abroad is a growing business, with thousands of people heading to other countries every year to enjoy cut price treatments. But wh ...


When doing your research to plan a trip abroad to have cosmetic surgery, it can be tempting to put all your efforts into preparing to travel and ha ...


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